If books such as this: www.amazon.com and www.amazon.com are correct, it's not going to get better for people like these. It doesn't matter how much minimum wage is, automation will be cheaper. Unless your employees will work for less than a one time payment of $22k ( www.technewsworld.com ) they can't compete. It doesn't matter if manufacturing comes back, the jobs wont come with it. We are reaching the point where capital can do the job of labor. For now, human-machine teams are most efficient, but soon the human component will only slow down the machine. Why would you hire someone to maintain a machine when a machine can do it better, faster and cheaper? Sure it seems far off, but 10 years ago everyone said computers would never be able to drive. You only have to teach 1 machine a new task, it can spread that information to all others as a perfect digital duplication of that knowledge instantly. The moment you have a new worker (machine) you have a expertly proficient and efficient worker. History does not tell us how a complete replacement for all human capability treats humans.
We are approaching a time when a person will be incapable of retraining in the time it takes for their newly acquired skills to become outdated.
I'm no Luddite. I see this as an exciting time to be alive, but this stuff is going to cause a lot of pain the longer we ignore it. If people can't feed themselves, they aren't just going to sit home, they aren't just going to sit back and have an internet argument with you. When left with no other option, they will come to take your stuff.